Last race of 2012: Jingle Bell 5k

Moving and the holidays got away from me so I didn’t get the chance to blog about my last race of 2012.

Pro Compression and Team Sparkle Skirt to help me run fast!

I ran the Jingle Bell 5k, the same course as my first postpartum race.

I had taken a significant amount of time off after the half-marathon in October. As soon as I got back to Massachusetts, I had to pack up the rest of our condo and we moved to Connecticut temporarily. We had originally thought we’d only be there a few weeks, but as it always does, house process didn’t go the way we thought it would and we were in CT for six weeks. Most days it was too cold to take B for a walk (we had packed most of our stuff in storage including some stroller gear), so I ended up getting a temporary gym membership.

Again, life doesn’t go as planned, and after suffering a stint in the ER every workout was stopped when I felt my ulcer flaring up, it was frustrating, as I was getting into the groove with my run or weights workout I would start to feel pain and I would have to stop. I didn’t want to make the situation worse but I didn’t want to lose my momentum either.

As I was overall starting to feel better, we were moving back to MA. The first weekend back was my last 5K of the year. It is a great course and I was doing the race with friends, I was excited, and grateful for the ability to go blow off some steam during the middle of the move. I will admit I was nervous, I hadn’t done a real run outside in weeks, I hadn’t raced since October, and it was cold and windy that day.

_Before I left for the race

I met up with my friends and we took fun pics and watched all the fun costumes while we waited to start. The first mile was great, lots of crowd support, a bit of an incline, but I was able to keep my pace around 11 minutes, not bad for not racing in 2 months. The second mile was the worst, there was an insane amount of head wind and it was freezing. The saving grace was the local HS Girls Cross Country team manning the water station, they were yelling and screaming, it was hard to not catch their enthusiasm and smile. I definitely hit a mental block and when my hip started feeling off I took a few walk breaks, 90 seconds run 30 seconds walk, only until I got to the last hill. The course is near our old condo and apartment so I know the area. Once I got to the hill a group tethered together as reindeer carrying santa and a sleigh were close behind, I couldn’t let them beat me. So I picked it up and ran up the hill and took a small walking break at the top, and stretched out my hip. Then ran to the finish.

Crossing the finish line!

I PRed on the course by 5 minutes, and I am really excited by that.

So what is in store for 2013. Ideally I would love to complete 13 races in 2013. I ran 7 in 2012 and I only ran 2 between January and June. I can totally step it up. So far I have 2 half-marathons that I would love to run, one in May and one in September. Other than that I am open, what are your favorite races in the New England area?

2012’s Best Moments.

As the year winds down and I spend the night with some dear family and friends, I wanted to share some of the most important and significant moments of 2012.


One of my favorite desserts was the Samoa Bar I baked for our Superbowl party

I actually packaged them up and gave them all away to whoever came, if the pan was left out I would’ve eaten them all.

B was Baptized.

B, Nick & I and B’s Godparents.


I ran my first Post Partum 5k (I ran the same course as my last race of 2012 recap to come later)


I became a FitFluential Ambassador and celebrated with my blend, Cait!


I signed up to run my first half-marathon with Team In Training.

We also threw a surprise party for my mom’s 60th birthday.


I had one of my first terrible training runs. It was an experience I needed, and one I hadn’t really had since I never really trained for an event.

I threw a bachelorette party for my sister-in-law. So much fun, let’s do it again

Oh, and she got married ;)

One of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen.


B turned one. I still can’t comprehend this one.


I ran my PDR and had a DNS.

I also attended the Healthy Living Summit and won the Wild Harvest Breakfast Showdown.


I attended the wedding of one of my very best friends.

I ran my very FIRST half-marathon.


I ran the NWM’s Half Marathon with Team in Training.

My name on the wall.


Post-Race with my dear sister.


We left our first home.

And had a awesome trip to the ER

But at least I got to spend some awesome time with my blend, Cait.


We moved into our new house!

I was also nominated and won some Playlist Thursday Awards.

What and amazing year it has been! What are some of your favorite moments of 2012?

Vacation Photo Dump

I didn’t take a ton of photo’s while on vacation, but I thought I’d share some of the few I did take.

Just hanging with dad
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Stop it, you’re embarrassing me
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Christmas Morning with Mommy & Nouna
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I’ll take the paper instead
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With Nouna (B’s godmother & my sister-in-law)
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With Uncle Chris! (brother-in-law)
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Finally, a toy I can play with, now that all that paper is gone
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He looks like such a big boy here
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Goals for 2012

You can see a better look at my big goal here, but I wanted to break down my other goals for 2012.

I like to set goals, because these aren’t things that I want to stop, they are things, mostly, that I want to continue to use in my lifetime.


I want to be a better blogger, 3 posts a week, at the least. One baking/cooking, one family and one fitness. I know this is a goal I can manage, I just need to be better about doing it.

Family & Friends

I am always striving to be a better mom and wife. I hope that I can continue to do that. I also want to work on making more mom friends and maintaing relationships with the people who are already in my life.

Stop trying to hold on to the relationships that aren’t worth it. I’ve tried really hard since college to make some friendships last, but it doesn’t always go both ways. I need to learn to let go and be okay with that.

Have more patience, this is something that can always use some work.


It’s no secret I love baking, but baking & weight loss don’t exactly go hand-in-hand. I want to test new recipes from a wonderful baking book my husband bought me, but balance it with healthy baking recipes, and hopefully try something new once a week.


Obviously the big goal is weight loss, but I also want to try new things. I have always wanted to try cross fit, but frankly it is just not in the budget. I am going to try doing the WOD, at home. I’ve also always wanted to try yoga, but I am a wimp when it comes to going to classes by myself.

Another big hinderance in trying new fitness classes is that they either have to be really early on weekdays or weekends. Nick leaves for work pretty early and I am just exhausted by the time he gets home. But few places in the area have any classes earlier then 7:30… unless you belong to a gym. I just want a place where I can pay per class or pay for a group of classes.


I want to travel at least one new place in the next year.

Take B in the pool and help him learn how to swim.

Enjoy myself in all the upcoming events: baptisms, weddings, etc…

What are some of your 2012 goals?

What’s up 2012?

I am a little behind this new year & goals post, I was on vacation from Christmas to New Years, and then I got a nasty cold that still won’t go away. Feel free to skip this next few if you are sick of these posts.

I have been pretty unhappy with my weight for years. I finally got a personal trainer, started eating healthy and working out regularly. I was becoming more comfortable with my body and my fitness, and then I became pregnant. Now believe me, B is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I do not regret him for one single second. I do, however, wish that weight loss was a bit easier for me.

I am well aware that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” type of logic, but weight loss just isn’t easy, and adding the baby factor & now no gym is even harder.

After being discouraged by my weight loss thus far and talking to my doctor, I have come up with a plan. Working out 5 days a week. I have a treadmill, boss ball & resistance bands in my home. I will probably add some weights or kettle bells as well. I plan to run at least 3 times and strength train at least 2 days. In terms of diet, I eat clean 80-90% of the time. I did weight watchers, but it wasn’t the yes plan for me. I decided simple calorie counting is the way to go.

For tracking purposes I am going to use, Nike+ for running and Lose It for calorie counting and water intake.

For accountability, I am using you, my awesome readers, to keep me in line ;).

I have written my weight, my goal weight and measurements. Each month I will post how much I have lost and in what areas. If I don’t want to be embarrassed, I better do the work.

Here’s to a healthier and more fit 2012!